Ghent University on place 70 in Shanghai ranking

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(15-08-2014) Ghent University rises from place 85 to 70 in the recently published Shanghai ranking, an impressive increase. Again Ghent University has the highest score of all Belgian universities in this world ranking of universities.

Since 2003 the Chinese Shanghai Jiaotong University has lined up a yearly Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). This ranking compares the research impact of thousands of academic institutions worldwide, based on criteria such as scientific publications, citations, and the number of researchers in the 'highly cited' list.

In 2010 Ghent University entered the top-100 of the Shanghai ranking (then on place 90). In 2011, 2012 and 2013 Ghent University was able to preserve her place and even rise slightly, to place 85 in 2013.

In the top 200 of the Shanghai ranking other Belgian universities are also well represented (KULeuven, Université Catholique de Louvain, and the Free University of Brussels (ULB)). The fact that a small country such as Belgium has four universities in this top 200 is evidence of Belgium’s worldwide scientific impact. Even though the ranking is controversial because also parameters such as the number of Nobel prize winners influence the final result, and teaching quality does not feature at all, such ranking positions nevertheless create new opportunities for international collaboration and for recruiting top talents.

The Shanghai ranking is based solely on objective, measurable and verifiable parameters regarding research. As such, these scores are the result of the hard work of the university’s scientific staff, not of surveys which might be manipulated. Ghent University therefore considers this rankings result in the first place as a well-deserved recognition for the dedicated research work of its staff members.

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